Oedipus Rex (film Vs Text)


In the film Oedipus the King produced by the Royal Shakespeare Company we are presented with a modernistic adaptation of Sophocles' classic Greek tragedy. A Greek tragedy essentially consists of the story of something terrible happening to a person of noble stature, such as Oedipus who is a prince and a king. Oedipus Rex is considered to be one of the greatest masterpieces to emerge from the period when Greek drama was dominant. Oedipus' popularity was not only restricted to the Ancient Greeks but also continued to receive time on the stage as the centuries continued to pass by, even up to the present day. This in a sense took part in breaking a tradition, because plays in Greece were ...

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confront the peasants the actor playing the role does an excellent job of portraying the cocky swagger and demeanor that Sophocles seemed to bestow upon him on the page. Although we quickly notice that none of the actors are wearing masks, which would have been the case had this been a production that was taking place in the time of the Ancient Greeks, which brings up another point. There are a large number of actors in this play ranging from the peasants to the chorus to the main characters themselves where as this would not have been the case had it been produced in fourth century (BC) Greece. During the time of Greek Drama, plays were acted out by 2 to 4 actors who took all the roles of the play upon themselves, which is where the importance of masks came into effect in order to help the audience distinguish between different characters.
The Royal Shakespeare Company has taken Oedipus Rex and made some changes with it in their film, some of which make sense and some others ...

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